Gavin Berriman

Gavin qualified as an architect in 2011, while working for a medium sized practice in Winchester and London. He worked across a range of sectors including education, higher education, residential and healthcare, on projects ranging from £250,000 to £30 million.

After moving to Cambridge to live, Gavin joined Graham Handley Architects in 2014, keen to work on residential projects where he could be closer to the clients he designs for. Gavin believes that an architect should have a rounded knowledge of design, sustainability, and construction, from feasibility designs through to construction details, and enjoys the variety of projects and clients in the office that allow him to strive for this.

Gavin recently completed the deep retrofit of a listed 1930’s Modern Movement house, which had suffered from decades of neglect. After balancing a sympathetic restoration with the thermal upgrade of the building fabric, and the introduction of renewable energy, the house now boasts a 91% reduction in energy use, and an 83% reduction in carbon emissions, allowing it to out-perform most modern houses. The project has been highly commended in several awards including the RIBA Awards, Architect’s Journal Retrofit Awards, Building Magazine Awards and most recently the Architecture Today Awards which focus how buildings stand the test of time.

Outside the office, Gavin enjoys spending time outdoors, especially in his garden, where he has a fondness for ferns and a growing collection of rare snowdrops. He lives in Ely with his young family.